The commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kokernag, Anantnag on Friday July 8. Violent protests broke out the following day in Kashmir leaving as many as 16 dead and over 200 injured by Sunday. Authorities say Wani’s killing is a blow to the terrorist group because he was very effective in recruiting local youth for terrorist activities.
But how was Wani killed?
According to Dainik Bhaskar
, he was killed along with two other terrorists in a meticulously planned operation aided by accurate intelligence inputs.
The report says that Wani came to the village with Sartaj Ahmed Shaikh and Pervez. Sleuths had Sartaj’s phone tapped and had precise information of his movements. Security forces involving teams of CRPF, Special Operation Group, and Rashtriya Rifles surrounded the house where the terrorists had gathered. They then set fire to the rear of the house forcing the terrorists to come out.
The terrorists were armed. In the exchange of gunfire that followed, some security personnel were injured but eventually the three terrorists were gunned down.
Quoting an intelligence official, TOI reports
, “If it was an extra-judicial killing, as is being made out to be by some quarters, why would our own men take bullets?”
According to the official, they knew Sartaj will be at the location because of information on his movements but didn’t know that Wani will be there too. State police sources confirmed that Wani’s identity was established after retrieving the bodies from the encounter site.